Updated September 27, 2021

  • For updates and developments on UMF’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit UMF Communication Updates
  • If you have questions about UMF’s COVID-19-related policies and updates, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu
  • For System-wide information and updates, visit the website below
UMaine System COVID-19 Information

Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public & Visitors

We realize you have lots of questions, probably more than we can possibly answer on a single FAQ page. This FAQ is a work in progress and we will add to it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Yes.  Effective October 15, anyone attending an indoor UMF event of more than 250 people must provide proof of vaccination or an acceptable negative test to enter. This includes visitors to campus.

UMF, in general, is open. Visitors – along with students, staff, and faculty – are currently required to wear face coverings at all times indoors at this time, regardless of vaccination status.

Effective October 15, anyone attending an indoor UMF event of more than 250 people must also provide proof of vaccination or an acceptable negative test to enter. This includes visitors to campus.

Requiring evidence of vaccination or a negative test for entry to University events already is being done on a case-by-case basis across University of Maine System campuses.

Visitors, including those who are not eligible by age to receive a vaccination and those asserting a religious objection or medical contraindication to vaccination, will be allowed to present a negative COVID-19 test instead of proof of vaccination.

Visitors with questions or concerns should check in advance with the facility, event or activity organizers regarding any specific protocols for the facility, event or activity of interest.

  • The proof of vaccination must be for a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO and must show the person had their final dose more than 2 weeks before the group gathering for which the evidence is being presented. Legitimate, legible, original vaccination cards and physical or electronic copies will be accepted. Individuals may be asked also for identification. For students and employees, the University is working to provide an electronic clearance tool in connection with the University’s COVID-19 protocols that will be accepted in place of other documentation.
  • Evidence of a negative test that will be accepted includes a negative PCR test or rapid antigen within 72 hours of the event or gathering. Legitimate, legible, original test results and physical or electronic copies will be accepted. For students and employees, the University is working to provide an electronic clearance tool in connection the University’s COVID-19 protocols that will be accepted in place of other documentation.
  • Classes which have more than 250 people in person for the purpose of an academic course are exempt from this requirement.
  • Because of the wide variety of spaces, events, and gatherings at the University, this requirement may require special adjustment in some additional cases, but the intended outcome will remain that all those present for indoor events of more than 250 persons must present evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to gain entrance to that space, activity or gathering.
  • Presentation of fraudulent information may result in their prohibition from University gatherings beyond the immediate gathering or other actions.

Indoors — Yes, regardless of your vaccination status.
This requirement has been extended to at least October 31, 2021.

Outdoors — Strongly recommended but not required.

Face coverings are required indoors for all persons — employees, students, and visitors – regardless of vaccination status when indoors at a University facility.

This requirement is in effect at least through October 31, 2021. The face covering requirement may be ended or extended depending on civil guidance, the trajectory of the pandemic and public health considerations.

The University of Maine System carefully monitors public health guidance and data, and will update its requirements, including this face covering requirement, as warranted. This face covering requirement will be reviewed by October 30, 2021. Continuation or easing of this protocol are both possible depending on circumstances.

Exceptions to the University’s indoors face covering requirement include:

  • When a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed door
  • When eating or drinking in a space where eating or drinking is permitted
  • When a medical accommodation has been granted by appropriate University of Maine System officials
  • In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

For now, the University of Maine System strongly recommends face coverings outdoors for all employees, students, and visitors when the event or activity involves larger gatherings or crowded circumstances. This is a recommendation, not a requirement, at this time.

  • Face coverings also continue to be welcomed in other circumstances when individuals choose to wear them as a matter of personal preference
  • There may be certain exceptions related to security-sensitive circumstances or other matters when face coverings must be removed

This and all University guidance on COVID-19 is subject to change in accordance with the evolving circumstances of COVID-19.

In general, face coverings should have multiple layers covering the nose, mouth and chin and be secured snugly with ear loops or ties behind the person’s head.

UMF provided students and employees two approved face coverings, but they are also asked bring some of their own if possible. Approved face coverings are also on sale at the University Store on Main Street.

“Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.

Accepted:  Cloth face coverings as defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.

Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bag, Halloween mask, goalie mask, etc.

See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.

Yes.  Visitors are again welcome on campus.

Just remember, face coverings are required inside University facilities regardless of vaccination status.

Face coverings are not required outdoors on campus but are strongly encouraged.

  • Admissions Office:  Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Emery Community Arts Center:  Mon – Fri, 7:00am – 7:00pm
  • Franklin Hall:  Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fusion Space Building:  Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Mantor Library:  Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 10:30pm; Sat: 12:00pm – 5:30pm; Sun, 11:00am -11:00pm
  • Merrill Hall:  Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Olsen Student Center:  5:00am – 10:00pm

No.  Students will follow the masking guidelines of the schools / places they are at for internships, student teaching, etc.  While at their placements, students will follow the masking policies of the settings.

Mostly No.

  • We anticipate the UMF Snow Cats program at Titcomb Mountain will be held again this coming winter
  • Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center – Yes, but is not accepting new families at this time
  • UMF Preschool – No
  • UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroups – No
  • UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration – Schedule To Be Determined
  • Fitness & Rec Center Cradles & Crayons Children’s Program – No
  • Fitness & Rec Center Children’s After School Program – No

Yes.  The campus is hosting events. There may still be pandemic-related requirements that might be applicable. Please continue to work with the Conference and Events Office to schedule space.  Part of the space request process will be submitting a Reservation Request / Event Plan. Contact the UMF Conferences & Events Office for details eleight@maine.edu

Yes, but.  Our current plan is to not allow visitors for the first few weeks of the Fall Semester to ensure a safe transition to campus.

After the first two weeks, we plan to allow one guest per resident in the residence halls. This will be reevaluated as the semester progresses.

Just remember, face coverings are required inside University facilities regardless of vaccination status.

Face coverings are not required outdoors on campus but are strongly encouraged.

Yes.  If a student becomes sick with COVID-19, we have isolation space on campus for them while they recuperate.


Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our COVID-19 plans. Because COVID information is being updated more quickly we recommend you check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs.

UMF Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu


The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.